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Using Data to Better Understand Climate Change
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Using Data to Better Understand Climate Change

A University of Minnesota-led research team is using data-driven approaches to better understand the environmental and social impacts of climate change.

How Cooperative Behavior Could Make Artificial Intelligence More Human
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How Cooperative Behavior Could Make Artificial Intelligence More Human

Computer science can play an important role in determining the conditions that give rise to the form of cooperation known as indirect reciprocity, or donation to...

Chaos Could Provide the Key to Enhanced Wireless Communications
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Chaos Could Provide the Key to Enhanced Wireless Communications

Researchers have shown that adding chaos to wireless communication can augment its reliability, efficiency, and security.

Self-Driving Cars Reach a Fork in the Road, and Automakers Take Different Routes
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Self-Driving Cars Reach a Fork in the Road, and Automakers Take Different Routes

Automakers are taking divergent approaches to the development and deployment of driverless vehicles.

Computers Can Sense Sarcasm? Yeah, Right
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Computers Can Sense Sarcasm? Yeah, Right

Researchers at the University of Turin and Yahoo! have developed software that can identify the expression of sarcasm on social media and the Web.

Mind Aglow: Scientists Watch Thoughts Form in the Brain
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Mind Aglow: Scientists Watch Thoughts Form in the Brain

When a single neuron fires, it is an isolated chemical blip. When many fire together, they form a thought.

Auto, Technology Industries Clash Over Talking Cars
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Auto, Technology Industries Clash Over Talking Cars

Cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road, creating the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self...

Linux Took Over the Web. Now, Its Taking Over the World
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Linux Took Over the Web. Now, Its Taking Over the World

The roots of Linux stretch all the way back to the creation of Unix at AT&T’s Bell Labs in 1969.

35 Years On, Voyager's Legacy Continues at Saturn
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35 Years On, Voyager's Legacy Continues at Saturn

Saturn, with its alluring rings and numerous moons, has long fascinated stargazers and scientists.

This Little-Known Pioneering Educator Put Coding in the Classroom
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This Little-Known Pioneering Educator Put Coding in the Classroom

Papert argued that learning was most successful when students were engaged in creative acts – when they were making things.

All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You
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All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You

City dwellers spend nearly every moment of every day awash in Wi-Fi signals.

Using Light to Control Genome Editing
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Using Light to Control Genome Editing

Researchers have added a new technique to the CRISPR genome-editing system that lets scientists control when and where gene editing occurs by using ultraviolet...

Streamlining Accelerated Computing for Industry
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Streamlining Accelerated Computing for Industry

Researchers have developed open source software that will enable computational fluid dynamics applications to make good use of supercomputers.

A Point of Light
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A Point of Light

Boston University professor Vivek Goyal says he has overcome the challenges of photographing clear images in low light.

World's Biggest Telescope Meets World's Second-Fastest Supercomputer
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World's Biggest Telescope Meets World's Second-Fastest Supercomputer

A component of the software system that will manage data from the Square Kilometer Array telescope has run on Tianhe-2, the world's second-fastest supercomputer...

Beyond Terminator: Squishy 'Octobot' Heralds New Era of Soft Robotics
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Beyond Terminator: Squishy 'Octobot' Heralds New Era of Soft Robotics

A squishy octopus-shaped machine less than 2 centimetres tall is making waves in the field of soft robotics.

Blockchain Could Bring Electronic Voting to Australia by 2017
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Blockchain Could Bring Electronic Voting to Australia by 2017

Australia intends to employ blockchain technology to let citizens vote online.

The iBrain is Here
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The iBrain is Here


Test for Damp Ground at Mars' Seasonal Streaks Finds None
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Test for Damp Ground at Mars' Seasonal Streaks Finds None

Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that have become one of the hottest topics in interplanetary research don't hold much water, according to the latest findings from...
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